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Sorting out the 4 foreigner puzzle... Not too difficult

From a plethora of worldclass players... its a good headache for RCB management to have :)

I have been checking at the fan forums regularly and it seems the most popular discussion is about the team line up for RCB... such an interesting debate, given the choices we have! But lets try and get at the most logical conclusion about the best lineup we can put up. I believe its not just about the overall batting n bowling depth of the team RCB... but even consider the pitch and more importantly the "opponent"!

But lets first think it as a team in itself n then consider the other factors. It should be understood that in a game like T20, its the side with more 'impact' players win n not always the most well 'balanced' with long depth...eg. A Chris Gayle thunderstorm along with 2 more batsmen can win a match against a side, that put up a total with 8 lesser quality batsmen.. A Daniel Vettori spell can be more match winning than 3 moderate spinners. Thus, RCB cant compromise of the X-factor values. 1 more thing RCB had to learn from last season is that even in a "batsman's game" like T20... its the "bowling matchwinners" who are more crucial. Simple reason being it only takes 1 mistake from a batsman to get out, but a bowler can keep helping u make a comeback even if he bowls few bad balls. And RCB, has worked upon it as seen from the last match... by playing Murali, Vettori, Zaheer n Vinay... So 4 of the 5 minimum bowlers we have are of international proven quality.

I believe RCB first work out a strong bowling unit n then consider the batting. I personally believe Murali play every game no matter what the pitch. He can turn it on any surface n trouble the best! He is an x-factor for RCB, like Malinga for MI. Only for a (unlikely)fast pitch, Nannes should replace him. He should not be replaced for a foreign batsman, because he can save us more runs by taking wickets, than what the batsman will score for us! Vettori definatly holds his place as captain, another top class spinner, and a good lower order batsman (mind u, he has multiple test tons!)... Gayle..well!..no doubt about him being side! along not to forget he can contribute well as a bowler with his fast spin. That leaves 1 spot to fill with choices from Dilshan, MCDonald and AB De. Each have more skills to offer along with their explosive batting. I will be tempted with taking AB, mainly as a consistent worldclass finisher, fine player of spin, and a good keeper! Top order being strong with Gayle n Kohli, its ideal to have a middle-order finisher. No Dilshan, because a finisher is more important than a overloaded top order. No Mcdonald, because AB de is more proven higest level player and a better batsmen at spin. Not to forget RCB needs a good keeper in AB

Lastly, we cant forget the opposition at choosing the team. Dilshan, a Srilankan, and a high-quality sub-continental spin player, can be considered over AB De against the likes of Malinga (his nets practice teamate), Bhajji, Ojha and the Ashwin, Jadeja, Jakati attacks. That would mean playing a domestic keeper, thus replacing maybe Pujara.

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Vettori, Murali, Gayle and ABD are the perfect choice
KPK on 14 Apr 2012, 01:12 PM
manthan-ec on 13 Apr 2012, 11:33 PM
Gayle,Murali,Vettori and develliers for me
rishav17 on 10 Apr 2012, 06:01 PM
I think Gayle will replace McDonald
PranayPai on 10 Apr 2012, 01:08 AM